What To Do . . .

“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.”  Acts 2:42 (NLT)

Whenever I read the above verse in context (vv. 42-47), I often wonder if our church is doing what the bible has called us to do as disciples of Jesus?  Verse forty-two gives us a summary of vital elements needed in Christian discipleship: learning about God’s word and responding to it, fellowship (community) with other believers, and eating lots of food. There was such a beautiful sense of unity and selflessness that created excitement and significant growth in the early church.  As we look at the church in America today, let us look back and examine something.  Before COVID-19, the church focus used to be about attracting members to attend services, usually on Sunday mornings.  Today, numbers across the country have still not recovered and are down in places as much as 40%-60%.  With social distancing and the emergence of digital (online) tools, it may still be difficult to attract people to church.  But what if we decided to find ways to engage people even during this time of “not being back to normal”?

Here is what you will need: your bible, a few family members or friends, a place to sit, and a pizza or some sort of delicious snack.  Choose a book in the bible and every week for one hour (choose the day), read one chapter each time you gather, share a slice of pizza, and pray that God would multiply your efforts.  Just because summer is here does not mean you should put God and his word on hold.  If we are to see unity, excitement, growth, and God move, let us not just talk the talk, but let us lead by example together. Our families and our country need a revival.  It starts with you and me!

Let us continue partnering together as we transform Oceanside with the hope of Jesus Christ in 2022!  Would you reach out to me personally and help go into the community to share the hope of Jesus Christ?  Here is my phone number and email: (760) 726-0590, worship@lightcc.org.

Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor